Opening Soon: Chai Shai
|Chai Shai: a new tea and samosa shop near Brookside|
The residents of the Rockhill Ridge neighborhood that surrounds the strip of shops at 59th and Holmes have been wondering for months what the new business in the eastern storefront was going to be. The sign said the upcoming business, Chai Shai, would offer Pakistani fare. But was it going to be a full-service restaurant? A tea house? A shop selling imported retail products?
“We get people coming in and asking us those questions every day,” says Kashif Tufial, who will be running Chai Shai — a combination retail shop, tea house and cafe — with his brother Abdul. Both young men, who were raised in Kansas City, are full-time students. Kashif is a senior at UMKC studying environmental science; Abdul is a pharmacy and business major. Getting Chai Shai open is their summer project. Once the business is up and running, they’ll have other family members working on day-to-day operations. Their mother, Aasma, will be running the kitchen.